Natural Disasters and Covid-19: A Review of Individual Temporary Housing | IConEST

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Natural Disasters and Covid-19: A Review of Individual Temporary Housing

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Lecturer Mahdi Afkhamiaghda, Purdue University, United States of America
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Emad Elwakil, Purdue University, United States of America

Abstract

Every year, Natural disaster in the United States has forced thousands of people out of their homes. As a result, homeless people will be congregated in small spaces known as emergency shelters. As the world is going through the Covid-19 pandemic, the logistics of safely evacuating at-risk populations is of vital importance. Vulnerable populations like low-income households and the elderly population are at more risk of becoming infected. Statistically, the same population is more susceptible to becoming homeless in a post-disaster scenario. Emergency sheltering lacks adequate ventilation and hygiene standards, and with a pandemic, the results can be devastating. This study will outline the importance of individual temporary housing in a time of post-disaster by looking at the number of natural disasters in the United States. The research will then look at the current strategies used for emergency sheltering for the affected population. The results of this study can lead to creating a more organized emergency sheltering procedures in a more controlled environment.

 Keywords

pandemic, covid-19, post-disaster, vulnerable population, individual housing  

Citation

Afkhamiaghda, M. & Elwakil, E. (2020). Natural Disasters and Covid-19: A Review of Individual Temporary Housing. In M. Shelley & I. Sahin (Eds.), Proceedings of IConEST 2020--International Conference on Engineering, Science and Technology (pp. 48-54). Monument, CO, USA: ISTES Organization. Retrieved 15 January 2021 from www.2020.iconest.net/proceedings/9/.

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